Stan Cliburn

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Stanley Gene Cliburn

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Stan Cliburn is the twin brother of pitcher Stew Cliburn. Both played for the California Angels at different times. Stan's big league look came during the 1980 season, as the Angels basked in the glow of a division title one year prior. Doing his work spelling Tom Donohue and other backup catchers, Stan only mustered a .179/.217/.321 line in 54 games (56 at bats). His next tangle with big leaguers came in 1989 as a member of the Bradenton Explorers of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He hit .281 with 4 homers and 31 RBI in 61 games, leading the league with most games played at catcher (58). In 1990, Stan played for the Daytona Beach Explorers of the SPBA and batted .156 in 11 games before the league went belly up.

Post-playing, Cliburn was a long-time minor league manager. Upon being named manager of the Rochester Red Wings in October 2005, he reunited with brother Stew, the club's pitching coach; the pairing lasting from 2006 to 2008. The dynamic duo had also worked together with the New Britain Rock Cats from 2001 to 2005. He was a coach for the Gastonia Rangers in 1992, Lancaster Barnstormers in 2014, and Chicago Dogs in 2018. In 2015, he was manager of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, moving to the New Britain Bees in 2016 for two seasons.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1988 Watertown Pirates New York-Penn League 35-39 8th Pittsburgh Pirates
1989 Augusta Pirates South Atlantic League 77-67 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates League Champs
1990 Salem Buccaneers Carolina League 55-84 8th Pittsburgh Pirates
1991 Salem Buccaneers Carolina League 63-77 6th Pittsburgh Pirates
1993 Tulsa Drillers Texas League 66-69 6th Texas Rangers
1994 Tulsa Drillers Texas League 63-73 5th Texas Rangers
1995 Alexandria Aces Texas-Louisiana League 57-43 2nd Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
1996 Alexandria Aces Texas-Louisiana League 42-58 5th Independent Leagues
1997 Alexandria Aces Texas-Louisiana League 48-39 2nd Independent Leagues League Champs
1998 Alexandria Aces Texas-Louisiana League 58-26 2nd Independent Leagues League Champs
1999 Alexandria Aces Texas-Louisiana League 48-36 2nd Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
2000 Quad City River Bandits Midwest League 64-75 10th Minnesota Twins
2001 New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League 87-55 1st Minnesota Twins League Co-Champs
2002 New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League 67-72 8th Minnesota Twins
2003 New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League 73-68 4th Minnesota Twins Lost in 1st round
2004 New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League 70-70 6th Minnesota Twins
2005 New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League 70-72 7th Minnesota Twins
2006 Rochester Red Wings International League 79-64 3rd Minnesota Twins
2007 Rochester Red Wings International League 77-67 5th Minnesota Twins
2008 Rochester Red Wings International League 74-70 5th (t) Minnesota Twins
2009 Rochester Red Wings International League 70-74 10th Minnesota Twins
2011 Sioux City Explorers American Association 51-49 7th Independent Leagues
2012 Sioux City Explorers American Association 45-55 11th (t) Independent Leagues
2013 Sioux City Explorers American Association 38-62 13th Independent Leagues
2015 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Atlantic League 69-71 4th Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
2016 New Britain Bees Atlantic League 71-69 5th Independent Leagues
2017 New Britain Bees Atlantic League 58-81 5th Independent Leagues
2019 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Atlantic League 59-81 5th Independent Leagues
2020 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Atlantic League Season cancelled
2021 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Atlantic League 63-57 3rd Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2022 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Atlantic League Independent Leagues

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